(September 3rd to November 11th 2011)
Now then, this example shows what can happen when rainfall enters the equation. He would have had a good count that day like most of us, I am sure, but would he have ever had such a fabulous count but for the welcome “light rain interference”that morning, I doubt it very much. I am sure the light rain had brought the birds down into view from probable earlier unseen high altitude.
Fieldfare: 5 (came in with 4 Redwing) NW
Mistle Thrush: 4 all W
Visible Bird Migration - Friday September 23rd 2011
Wind: Still pretty strong on Westerley 15-20mph
Weather: Dry, 50% Cloud to South 50% Blue Sky above and to North.
Movement: Strict South with Mipits, Mainly West with Finches. all others South unless stated.
Today was without doubt the first day of showing Mipit built up with parties going through (in the first hour) in regular sizes of 8s and 10s, the best being 21 and two parties at 12. Expected more albas today, which usually coincide with the Mipits on build up. The weather, wind etc still looks OK for a good mipit push tomorrow! The finches maybe a little later.
Meadow Pipit: 361 (best party 21, 12,12,10,10,11,10,10)
Chaffinch: 136 (90% to the West, 10% to the East)
Goldfinch: 60 (Best parties 12,10,8 mainly W odd couple E)
Linnet: 22 (one party 10 all W)
Alba Wagtail: 3
Pink Footed Goose: 12SE
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1W (also forgot, but one yesterday W as well)
Swallow: 10 (1E, 9S)
House Martin: 73